Peter Jackson Re-creates Bilbo's Bag End in His Basement
After six films, and over a decade of his life, he can't say goodbye completely.
Peter Jackson is seemingly having trouble letting go of Middle-earth.
Despite the final part of the Hobbit being released late last year, ending the cycle of two trilogies based on J.R.R. Tolkien's works, the Kiwi director instructed a set artist to re-create Bilbo's house, Bag End, in his basement.
“His eye for detail was such that we had to build it right down to the feather, so everything is exactly the same as the movie — but it’s livable,” set artist Bino Smith told Stuff. Smith and other Lord of the Rings and Hobbit artists and designers went to work on Jackson's 1930s mansion in Masterton, New Zealand, re-creating the underground hobbit hole as faithfully as possible.
And Jackson's even invited the likes of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas to visit and use the hobbit hole as a "playground."
“Bag End is underground. You have to go under tunnels to get to it," said Smith, describing Jackson's ultimate, and rather elaborate, tribute.
He added: "You got the house, then you go down to the wine cellar and you pull a bottle, and it opens up a door, then you step out and look down this corridor — about 35 meters, we had to create it, then you go down one part, then there’s a skeleton and some bodies, then you come out to a mock torture chamber, then you pull a book in a bookcase and the bookcase opens, and you walk into Bag End.”